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Learn about resources at Mental Health and Wellness Fair

Learn about resources available at GRCC and in Grand Rapids as a whole during the Mental Health and Wellness Fair, 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Raider Grille.

Representatives from groups that can help with mental health  issues, substance abuse, food and housing insecurity, and sexual and domestic violence will be there, along with therapy dogs and a henna artist. Further details can be found on Raider Connect.

Food, snack pantries available to students

GRCC’s Student Life Office and Student Alliance run the Student Food Pantry, which offers nonperishable food and basic necessities.

To use the pantry, you must complete a form and bring it to the Student Life Office (on the Student Center’s first floor). Someone from Student Life will get in touch with you after reviewing your application.

GRCC also has several snack pantries around campus. You don’t fill out any forms — just take something if you’re hungry, or leave something if you’re able.

You’ll find snack pantries:

  • in the English Department’s outer lobby at 400 College Park Plaza.
  • on the third floor of the Student Center.
  • across from the elevators in Sneden Hall.
  • in the GRCC library’s main lobby, just inside the entrance.

Student Success Story: Marcus Barissi

Marcus Barissi
Marcus Barissi

Grand Rapids Community College gave an aspiring anesthesiologist a second chance at academic success.

Marcus Barissi was an honors student and athlete from middle school on until chronic medical problems left him behind in the high school classroom his freshman year. His frustration led him to eventually drop out and get his GED diploma. He admits that enrolling at GRCC wasn’t his first choice.

“When I started at GRCC, I didn’t want to accept the fact I couldn’t attend my dream school right away, so I chose to sulk around and feel sorry for myself,” he said.

But he decided that he didn’t want to waste any more time and got involved. He made friends in Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, and as a member of GRCC’s Student Alliance. He attended local, regional and national conferences and worked on a college-wide suicide prevention project.

His hard work in the classroom led to success that built his confidence. He received the Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award and was named Outstanding Biology Student for 2017-2018 and was a member of the All-Michigan Academic Team. This spring, he was one of 89 students inducted into Delta Pi Alpha, recognition goes only to the top 5 percent of the graduating class.

“Academically, I was completely surprised by the rigor of GRCC courses,” Barissi said. “After two years and 80 credits of challenging courses, I feel much more prepared for the next chapter of my life. All my professors have made me feel included and wanted.”

With what he’s learned from professor Greg Forbes, in the Biological Sciences Department, he feels ready to transfer to the University of Michigan.

“Without him, I don’t believe I would have been as prepared for the rigor of my biology degree, let alone my medical degree,” Barissi said. “Relationships such as these have redefined my understanding of how a student interacts with an instructor. Instead of looking down and trying to ignore your instructor, which is what I consistently did before, I’ve discovered it is important to create true friendships, potentially long-lasting ones, that can benefit you in the future.”

Forbes said Barissi is not only intelligent and motivated but also courteous and supportive of his fellow students.

“Marcus is a model student whom other students clearly recognize as worth emulating,” Forbes said. “He is destined to make this world a better place to live.

“The world needs more people like Marcus!”

Barissi will receive an Associate of Science at GRCC’s commencement, which starts at 7 p.m. April 27 in the fieldhouse.

Workshop looks at planning for success

You use GPS when you’re traveling to an unfamiliar destination — but what’s your personal GPS on the route to success? And even if you think you have a plan, what’s your contingency if it takes a sudden turn off course?

Attorney Rasheed Ali Cromwell will present a free workshop on Seeds of Success: Next Level Leadership — open to students, faculty and staff — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 in the ATC auditorium.

The session, a collaboration between Student Alliance, the Woodrick Center and the Campus Climate CAP, will help you create a route,  direction and blueprint for professional development as a college student.

Questions? Contact Tambor Bustance at tbustance@grcc.edu or Sophia Brewer at sbrewer@grcc.edu.

Student Alliance accepting applications for executive board

Are you interested in student government? Do you want to help students have a great experience at GRCC? Are you interested in learning about leadership?

The Student Alliance needs students to serve on next year’s executive board. These are paid positions. You can apply online.

If you’d like to know more about Student Alliance and the open positions, please contact Lina Blair at (616) 234-3924 or carolineblair@grcc.edu.